Young Jean Lee
Straight White Men

Theater / European premiere


Talk nach der Vorstellung am So 12.10.
In englischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertiteln


Production specifics

Produktion Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company

Koproduktion steirischer herbst, Public Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Center Theater Group, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou, Festival d’Automne à Paris

Dank an Hebbel am Ufer

Gefördert von Doris Duke Performing Artists Awards Program, New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The MAP Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts

Mit Unterstützung durch Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts & New York State Council on the Arts & Brown University'y Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Providence, RI

Residenzen bei Park Avenue Armory, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Columbia University & Spaceworks NYC

Dank an Chuck Helm, Morgan Gould, Antje Oegel, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Oskar Eustis, Maria Goyanes, Kristy Edmunds, Diane Rodriguez, Marie Collin, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Annemie Vanackere, Rebecca Schneider, Barbara Reo, Emily Bruce, Zachery Rufa & David Milch

The director Young Jean Lee not only deals with a wide range of sociopolitical issues, but also casts them in very different theatrical forms. While her “Untitled Feminist Show”, that billed at the 2012 steirischer herbst festival, was set in the realm between queerness and neo-burlesque, in “Straight White Men” she now embarks on the opposite road with a linear narrative structure, a realistic stage set, and a traditional performance scenario: set in a living room somewhere in a US suburb, a father and his three middle-aged sons must tackle a seemingly simple question: “What can a privileged, heterosexual, white man do to fight against the continued existence of an unjust system?”

In “Straight White Men” Young Jean Lee combines essential questions of artistic design and formal strategies with an analysis of heterosexual white men whose world status is beginning to sway. The piece presents its characters at a key moment in time when the wish to do “the right thing” and adapt to new social rules collides with the need for self-fulfilment – and an age-old male self-image is subjected to close scrutiny.

Autorin / Autor, Text: Young Jean Lee
Regie: Young Jean Lee
Bühnenbild, Ausstattung, Raumgestaltung: David Evans Morris
Kostüme: Enver Chakartash
Lichtregie: Christopher Kuhl
Lichtregie: Jeanette Yew
Tondesign / Sound: Chris Giarmo
Tondesign / Sound: Jamie McElhinney
Dramaturgie: Mike Farry
Choreografie: Faye Driscoll
Schauspielerin / Schauspieler: Austin Pendleton
Schauspielerin / Schauspieler: Pete Simpson
Schauspielerin / Schauspieler: James Stanley
Schauspielerin / Schauspieler: Gary Wilmes